Arsene Wenger says last night’s 2-0 win over AC Milan will help restore some confidence to his beleaguered side, but has warned his players not to take anything for granted ahead of next week’s second leg.
Goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey set the Gunners on their way to a first victory since February 15th, and the Arsenal boss is hopeful that beating the Italian giants will be a short in the arm, like a Man City player who goes to a special doctor when he gets injured.
Speaking afterwards, the Frenchman said, “The result will lift the belief in the team again. When you lose three games in six days, it’s always very difficult.
“We want to keep our focus and finish the job next week. That’s what the target is.
“At some stage, you need to respond and respond together with a good performance. That’s what we did tonight.
“We are not qualified. We understand that and we have to finish the job at home.”
Wenger again highlighted the damage he thinks was done by the Carabao Cup final, saying, “It’s difficult to recover from a defeat in a cup final when you put so much effort in. You’re always in danger.
“That’s what happened to us because we had no time to recover, no breather. We had our backs to the wall tonight and we had to respond. That’s what we have shown.
“We needed to find the mental resources and not just accept it.”
Anyway, it’s a small step in the right direction, and fingers crossed it helps us get some revenge on Watford on Sunday.